Millions of immigrants entered the U.S. on this historic island between 1892 and 1954. In addition to viewing artifacts displayed in the museum, visitors seeking their heritage are welcome to consult the archives of the American Family Immigration History Center. The Peopling of America galleries tell the story of immigration to America before the processing center opened in 1892 and after it closed in 1954.
Hours: Open daily
Magnificent 360-degree views of New York from the 86th- and 102nd-floor observatories. At night, the building’s top-tier LED lights commemorate holidays and noteworthy events. An interactive, multimedia sustainability exhibit on the second floor describes the building’s energy retrofit program. Audio tours available in nine languages.
Hours: Daily 8 am-2 am (last elevator ascends 1:15 am)
Main deck (86th floor) admission: $42 adults, $40 seniors (62+), $36 children 6-12, age 5 and under free
This immersive entertainment experience and live escape game center features several curated rooms, including Alien Attack, Manhattan Mayhem and Prohibition Pandemonium. Participants have 60 minutes to complete a game using clues, passwords and missing puzzle pieces, as well as teamwork and communication skills.
Daily (times vary).
$29+tax per person. Advance reservations required through website.
This fire-safety learning center combines education with entertainment as groups explore a fire engine and equipment before a New York firefighter leads them through a simulated fire scene.
M-Sa 9 am-7 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm
General admission: Free
Fire Safety Presentation: $6 adults & children, $2 seniors (60+)
This landmark structure, a former customs house, is on the site of the nation’s first capitol, where the Bill of Rights was adopted and George Washington took his presidential oath in 1789. Today, it contains artifacts from Colonial and early Federal New York.
Hours: M-F 9 am-5 pm
Originally opened in 1915, this coliseum-style venue hosted the U.S. Open tennis tourney annually from 1924 to 1977, as well as visits from The Beatles, Barbra Streisand and other music greats, before shuttering in 1978. Renovated and reopened for live music in 2013, the 14.000-plus capacity open-air is now a premium NYC music venue.
The memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his namesake island in the East River was realized by architect Louis I. Kahn and inspired by Roosevelt’s famous 1941 “Four Freedoms” speech, which impacted the nation and continues to resonate. In that speech, FDR defined " four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want everywhere in the world.
Once the gathering place for 18th-century American revolutionary leaders and where Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his officers in 1783, the building now functions as a museum of Early American history and culture.
Hours: M-F noon-5 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Admission: $7 adults, $4 seniors (65+)/students/children 6-18, age 5 and under free.